Post by thebrianman on Jun 11, 2014 2:03:14 GMT -5
I've written blog posts for some of the bands I've seen. Thought I would share, along with a quick synopsis.
Neutral Milk Hotel - Been a big fan of these guys for quite a few years now. They put on a good performance but nothing really out of the ordinary. Most of the crowd didn't seem like they were into it at all. I feel like they built up a big level of hype with their first few reunion shows that they were hard pressed to live up to afterward. Hoping to enjoy their Roo show more.
Janelle Monae - fantastic show! The best pure vocalist I have seen live, and there are some neat thematic elements to her show as well. The led her out bound to a dolly, Hannibal Lecter style to open the show. Setlist is pretty Electric Lady heavy, but she moves a lot between soul ballads and upbeat stuff. There was even a costume contest.
Ty Segall - probably the rowdiest show I have been to. Dirty, grimy dive bar rock is what Segall serves up, and it couldn't be more glorious.
Cloud Nothings - their setlist was the full Attack on Memory album and nothing else, which meant their set was short and sweet. But they left an indelible impact in the time they did play. A great, heavy guitar rock show, and their energy flows effortlessly through the crowd.
Deafheaven - epic, energy draining set. Their frontman was kind of weird, but in a good way. Lots of exaggerated hand motions, and he liked to scream right in the faces of people that were close. Of course, they were eating it up. His vocals were barely audible, though.
Willy Mason - saw him open for Laura Marling. He goes for an old school country/folk vibe, something like an old school Johnny Cash. He was alright, but nothing amazing. He did a funny song his dad wrote called Tic Tac Toe, which uses Tic Tac Toe as a sexual metaphor. I liked it way better than any of the songs he actually wrote.